We are delighted to share that newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Ian Simpson, will be joining the Laidlaw Schools Trust family in April 2021. Currently Executive Principal at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, Ian is an experienced school leader with a track record of transforming schools across the country.

Known for his transformational leadership, Ian entered the world of education as a PE and Geography teacher in Yorkshire and steadily rose through the ranks of Head of PE, Head of Key Stage 3, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Principal and Executive Principal.

He played a key role in several rapid turnarounds, guiding schools out of special measures by promoting cultures of aspiration and raising standards. Most notably, Ian led Oasis Academy Lister Park to its first ever ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted in under two years as Principal.

“I passionately believe that all children regardless of their social and economic background deserve a first class education. This has been my driving force each and every day in every school that I have worked in. I look forward to working with the whole LST community to ensure that all our pupils aspire and achieve,” he says. 

We look forward to welcoming Ian and having him lead LST through its next phase of growth. Ian’s experience, unwavering determination, and humility promise to transform the life chances of all our pupils, and ensure that we realise our collective mission of providing inspirational education.  

Read more on the Laidlaw Schools Trust website.